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Etrian Odyssey is 'the last great turn-based RPG'


Etrian Odyssey director Kazuya Niinou has been posting fascinating, and disarmingly honest, blog entries on the game's official website. The fourth page was just posted, and contains a rather bold statement: "So I've decided! Etrian Odyssey will be the last great turn-based RPG." This was a reaction to the rumors of Dragon Quest IX going action-RPG-- rumors that turned out not to be true.

While we admire Niinou for his confidence that his game is good enough to exemplify a genre (confidence that increases our frothing demand for the game significantly), we're afraid Etrian Odyssey is going to continue to face stiff competition from Dragon Quest. And we doubt that any number of awesome blog posts will put down that particular cultural phenomenon.

Etrian Odyssey Age

Developer Atlus admits that it will have a tough time selling Etrian Odyssey to anyone who isn't already a fan of dungeon crawls or other niche genres. As great as a turn-based, first-person RPG might sound to some of you, it's rare for that kind of game to register even a blip on the radar of most gamers or gaming media.

Atlus has been updating Etrian Odyssey's official site with promotional webcomics, the first of which proposes how the title can attach itself to current trends and elbow its way to the front of the crowd. Likening the game's dungeon crawl experience to Brain Age is a huge stretch, but we have to applaud the creative approach. See what we mean after the post break!

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Etrian Odyssey trailer teases

Personally, we can't get enough RPG action on our DS. Final Fantasy III and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time will have to be pried from our cold, dead hands! That's why Atlus', which is one of our favorite developers, title Etrian Odyssey gets us so pumped. It causes our under-collar to become hot and soaks our brow in sweet, sweet sweat. We wants it and the loose release date of Q1 2007 isn't cutting it!

Oh well, we'll just have to settle for watching the embedded Japanese trailer for the game, available past the jump, about 50 bajillion times. Won't you join us?

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